Fringe Festival

The 2017 Philly Fringe Festival runs September 7-24, 2017. and Phindie is the place for coverage, with previews, interviews with artists, and reviews of more Fringe theater productions than any other publication.

Photo by Luca Del Pia.

JULIUS CAESAR. SPARED PARTS (Romeo Castellucci / Socíetas Raffaello Sanzio): 2016 Fringe review 83

We were fortunate. Apparently, the horse does not always shit, but in our case his entrance precipitated a great outpouring of feces.

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Fringe in Sketch: THE ELEMENTARY SPACETIME SHOW

A young girl attempts suicide and wakes up trapped in a cosmic vaudevillian game show that she must win in order to enter the void of death.

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WALK TO TOPAZ (Brendon Tetsuo): 2016 Fringe review 82

An autobiographical solo dance work tracing how a family history in a Japanese Internment Camp has affected succeeding generations.

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SCARLETT LETTERS (Ross & Diggs): 2016 Fringe review 81

Playwright Patrick Ross, who gives us a history of sexism, quotes and references to literature and mythology, and plenty of Hawthorne in a smartly woven one-woman show

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THE ONE, THE OTHER ONE, & THE MANY (The Naked Stark): 2016 Fringe review 80

THE ONE, THE OTHER ONE, & THE MANY reflected an everlasting struggle, a universal dynamic to shift parochial perspectives through time and evolving relationships

Photo by Michael Bartmann.

PORTAL (Leah Stein Dance Company): 2016 Fringe review 79

the rich layering of performance capacity matched the layers of movement space that Leah Stein’s PORTAL attended to

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Fringe in Sketch: THE EUMENIDES

THE EUMENIDES was performed amid extraordinary ancient artifacts in the Penn Museum.

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HABITUS (Ann Hamilton): 2016 Fringe review 78

Colossal curtains beautifully billowing with the breeze, are hanging around, literally, throughout the vast Municipal Pier 9 facility

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The Bastard of KING JOHN: Carlo Campbell on Revolution Shakespeare Fringe offering

Rev Shakes’ annual mainstage productions begin the final weekend of the Fringe and showcase a sensibility at home in the festival

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Fringe in Sketch: SILKEN VEILS

In the first drawing you see a little bit of projection worked into the background. The second is an example of the striking shadows that were used to capture the memory of her mother and father. And the third illustration is the emotion and love which flows from Rumi’s poetry.

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OMELETTO (Ombelico Mask Ensemble): 2016 Fringe review 77

It’s “like Hamlet”, with all the key plot points, “only scrambled” in a light-hearted Commedia dell’arte of masks, jokes, music, and puppets.

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BALANCE (JheeSha Productions): 2016 Fringe review 76

The Kathak performance weaved together photography and dance, narrative and abstraction, the traditional and the contemporary in an exploration of life’s many off-kilter moments.

Photos by Paola Nogueras.

THE ELEMENTARY SPACETIME SHOW (César Alvarez): 2016 Fringe review 68.2

Wild, unabashed, meta upon meta, with a depth of emotional honesty that brings one dangerously close to heartbreak

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FOUR MINUTE BOOTH (Gatto + Hirano): 2016 Fringe review 75

Four minutes of prolonged eye contact can incur a boost of oxytocin, a chemical that decreases stress and instills positive emotions.

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KAPPAROT (Daughters of Disruption): 2016 Fringe review 74

In the Art Church, a house of a theater with carpeted stairs and a open room set with rows of chairs, performer collaborators Chana Rothman and Annie Lewis greeted the…

Credit: Will Drinker

EXPLICIT FEMALE (Here[begin] Dance): 2016 Fringe review 73

Zornitsa Stoyanova asks us to consider the female body as embodiment of generations of ancestral procreation, a host for the alien parasites of new generations, and—through a glass, darkly—as a sexual object.

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Fringe in Sketch: ANIMAL FARM TO TABLE

Created and directed by Mike Durkin, ANIMAL FARM TO TABLE is a community dinner theater inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm taking place in the Urban Creators Farm

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GILBERT AND SULLIVAN’S SWITCHED! OR THE INSIDER AND THE OUTSIDER (Tavern Productions and PAFA Performs): 2016 Fringe review 72

“It’s this topsy-turvydom that people are drawn to,” lyricist Kevin Stackhouse said when we talked before the show. “People like to feel smart, and what comes out of Gilbert &…

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A RUNAWAY, A SOLDIER AND A SNOWBALL FIGHT (Iron Age Theatre): 2016 Fringe review 71

This fabulous Fringe piece plunges the audience into the dramatic action of the American Revolution.

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Fringe in Sketch: Albert Camus’ THE JUST

I made it to a performance of Albert Camus’ THE JUST from Übungsflugzeug at Panorama in West Philly. [5213 Grays Avenue] September 9-24, 2016; fringearts.com/albert-camus-just. It was a great cast,…